2022 Pro Championships: Day 1 Stock Watch (Women’s Division)

Winners and losers from Saturday in Raleigh, plus a recap of the day's events.

Sarah Meckstroth and Raleigh Phoenix impressed on Day 1 of the 2022 Pro Championships.
Sarah Meckstroth and Raleigh Phoenix impressed on Day 1 of the 2022 Pro Championships. Photo: Hugo Sowder

RALEIGH— At the end of day one, only two women’s teams have stayed in the same spot as where they started. While maybe all the “upsets” weren’t entirely surprising, we have learned – again – that what is foretold is far from assured..

In Pool A, everyone was waiting for the matchup between #5 Boston Brute Squad and #3 Raleigh Phoenix, hoping for a showstopper. But fans and friends (of Brute) were not treated to a spectacle. Instead, it was an old-fashioned stomping. Phoenix put the pedal down early and never really let up. Sometimes people say the final score didn’t reflect the game – this was not one of those times. The 15-7 was perfectly indicative of the game that occurred, with Raleigh’s defense smothering a Brute Squad offense missing Angela Zhu and yet to add Levke Walczak.

Immediately following this match, Phoenix packed up and headed to the showcase field for what was predicted to be another great battle against a Northeast team, this time #6 Toronto 6ixers. This one certainly delivered much more than the preceding game, with Phoenix successfully climbing out of an 8-5 hole to take the 15-13 W. Sarah Meckstroth’s huge second half performance, including both of her club’s first goals of the second half, provided the fire Raleigh needed to rally, and by the end of the match Phoenix looked comfortable and in control. While we can’t say Phoenix topping the pool at the end of the day is a surprise, it really seemed like it could go one of three ways this morning.

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  1. Kelsey Hayden
    Kelsey Hayden

    Kelsey Hayden is an Ultiworld reporter, primarily covering the Premier Ultimate League and Western Ultimate League. She is originally from Goulds, Newfoundland, and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She captain's a women's club team, Salty. You can follow Kelsey on Twitter - @hikelseyhayden.

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